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February 27, 1991

Surgery may sideline Bavaro for '91

Surgery to replace rotting bone in his left knee could sideline tight end Mark Bavaro for four to eight months and possibly longer, a source close to the New York Giants said yesterday.

The source also told The Associated Press that it was conceivable Bavaro might sit out the 1991 season and try to return the next year.

Bavaro underwent a bone graft surgery yesterday for 1 1/2 hours.

Dr. Russell Warren removed a piece of dead bone at the end of the thigh bone, where it met the knee and, according to the source, probably replaced it with a freeze-dried bone from a cadaver.

Acie Earl, Iowa's leading scorer, pleaded guilty to a charge of simple assault filed by a 17-year-old girl who had said she wanted the charge dropped. Earl had pleaded innocent to the charge in Johnson County District Court on Monday. Earl was fined $50, his attorney said. If Earl had gone to trial had been convicted, he would have faced a maximum penalty of 30 days in prison and a $100 fine.

* The National Collegiate Athletic Association will decide this week whether four Nevada-Las Vegas players -- identified by KVBC-TV as Larry Johnson, George Ackles, Evric Gray and Bobby Joyce -- violated regulations by not paying hotel phone and room-service charges during recruiting visits, an NCAA official said.

* Frostburg State (24-1), winner of its past 23 games, has been selected for the NCAA Division III women's championships and will play a first-round game at home Saturday (2 p.m.) against Kean College (24-2). Frostburg defeated the New Jersey college in the regular season, 61-55.

* Mount St. Mary's (17-9, 12-4) was assured of the Northeast Conference regular-season women's basketball championship when Fairleigh Dickinson upset Monmouth, 94-72, Monday night. The Mount will be home for the conference tournament, March 8-9.

Tennis

Jimmy Connors, 38, coming back after a nearly six-month layoff, lost, 6-3, 6-0, to Jaime Yzaga in the first round of the Volvo-Chicago tournament. Connors underwent surgery on his left wrist in November, then spent nine weeks in a cast.

Boxing

Greg Richardson, 33, of Youngstown, Ohio, took a unanimous decision from Mexican Raul Perez on Monday night in Inglewood, Calif., to earn the World Boxing Council title that Perez, 24, had held for nearly 28 months.

Colleges

Penn State's football team will compete for the Big Ten title for the first time in 1993, conference officials decided. The Big Ten's directors of athletics and women's athletic administrators also voted to allow the Nittany Lions to begin playing for the conference championships in men's and women's basketball in 1992-93.

College hockey

Towson State (24-5-1) advanced to the finals of thMason-Dixon club championships with a 3-2 victory Monday night over Gettysburg College. The Tigers will play the winner of tonight's Johns Hopkins-Loyola game for the championship tomorrow night at Mount Pleasant Ice Rink at 10 p.m. Admission is $2.

College baseball

Keith Drucker pitched a three-hitter to lead host College of South Charleston (3-4) to an 8-2 win over Mount St. Mary's (0-4).

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